the dead: Thir13en Ghosts

Thir13en Ghosts

These images show the Pilgrimess (Xantha Radley) who was accused of witchcraft and sentenced to die from exposure and the abuse of her fellow townspeople. In the afterlife, she is permanently locked in wooden stocks. Her gnarled, wrinkled face was created by means of a weathered-flesh piece and further accented by opaque contact lenses, which give her a milky, sightless look.

The makeup

Howard Berger (KNB EFX) and Charles Porlier were Prosthetics Key SPFX Makeup on the movie: the more complex ghosts required a team of six make-up artists, working three to four hours on each ghost. Other female ghosts included: the Bound Woman; the Withered Lover; the Angry Princess; and the Dire Mother.

Charles Porlier is shown here turning Xantha into the Pilgimess: he described the makeup as ‘a fast, simple slip-latex one piece “mask” appliance – sort of a spur of the moment makeup that Steve Beck [the director] liked’.